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James Cameron Set To Explore Challenger Deep by Seth Borenstein, Associated Press
USA TODAY.com, You Tube, National Geographic, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution News  ISBN/ITEM#: CM120317MARIANA
Date: 17 March 2012

Links: USA TODAY.com Article / You Tube Video / National Geographic DEEPSEACHALLENGE / Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution /

Famed filmmaker and explorer James Cameron plans on making a solo dive to the bottom of the Mariana Trench in the South Pacific. Using the Deepsea Challenger submersible that that he helped design, Cameron plans to dive nearly seven miles down over the next several days. We bet that would make some really breathtaking footage worthy of viewing on an IMAX screen.

From release/information:

(The Deepsea Challenger submersible beginning its first test dive off the coast of Papua New Guinea. Image: Mark Thiessen, National Geographic/AP)

WASHINGTON - Earth's lost frontier is about to be explored firsthand after more than half a century. It's a mission to the deepest part of the ocean, so deep that the pressure is the equivalent of three SUVs sitting on your toe.

And it's being launched by the rich and famous.

In the next several days, James Cameron, the director of "Titanic", "Avatar", and "The Abyss", plans to dive nearly seven miles down in a one-man lime green submarine that he helped design. The location is the Mariana Trench in the South Pacific.

Airline and telecom entrepreneur Richard Branson is not far behind. And former Google CEO Eric Schmidt is funding another deep water submarine project that's still on the drawing boards.

(Source: USA TODAY.com, You Tube, National Geographic, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution)

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